STATE CALL-UP

The Riverine Herald - - SPORT - By An­drew John­ston

1 North­ern Hwy, Echuca Ph: 5480 7150 GRACE­FUL STYLE: Echuca’s Grace Moyle is set to rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria in cricket.

Photo: Luke He­mer GRACE Moyle isn’t one for words.

She’d rather let her game do the talk­ing for her.

And the Echuca school­girl is dom­i­nat­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity she is able to get her hands on.

Only 11, Grace is headed to Western Aus­tralia as a mem­ber of the School Sports Vic­to­ria un­der 12 fe­male cricket team.

In or­der to earn state se­lec­tion, she had to be nom­i­nated through her school and was one of three lo­cal stu­dents se­lected.

From there she went through three se­lec­tion tri­als, in­clud­ing at the in­door nets of the MCG, as the orig­i­nal group of 60 girls was cut down to the 13 that would tour WA.

The group will head off to com­pete against other school state teams in the mid­dle of De­cem­ber. And that’s far from her first achieve­ment. ‘‘She started play­ing when her brother got in­volved in the sport,’’ her mother Wendy said.

‘‘When she was nine, she was picked to play North­ern Rivers rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket.

‘‘It’s a pretty won­der­ful achieve­ment for some­one as young as she was.’’

This year, she was se­lected to rep­re­sent North­ern Rivers for a third time.

And her de­vel­op­ment has con­tin­ued as a mem­ber of the Bryce McGain Elite Cricket Academy.

The sim­plest of changes — from mak­ing sure she was us­ing the right size and weight bat to speed up her swing to get­ting to play with mostly girls — has seen her con­fi­dence grow as her skills de­velop. But you won’t here that from Grace. She’d rather just play. ‘‘I’ve played for about four years,’’ she said. ‘‘I was at Echuca East to be­gin with, but moved to Echuca when East pulled out of the girls com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Her Echuca side will be­gin their youth girls cam­paign tonight against Ton­gala.

And Grace says its ex­cit­ing to play against girls her own age, af­ter pre­vi­ous sea­sons in mixed sides.

‘‘There’s also now a women’s com­pe­ti­tion I might be able to play in in the next few sea­sons, and that will be ex­cit­ing,’’ she said.

But it doesn’t seem like that will be her fo­cus right now. In­stead, she’d just rather fo­cus on play­ing. And a long sum­mer ahead with a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties to do so.

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